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USB alumnus furthering her studies with an LLM at Leiden
Dated: Friday, October 13, 2017
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Monique Malan, an alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), and previously first in the country in the FINANCIAL PLANNING INSTITUTE (FPI) Professional Competency Exam, is furthering her studies with an Advanced LLM in International Tax Law on scholarship at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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Monique grew up in Stellenbosch and matriculated as dux scholar from Rhenish Girls' High School in 2006. After completing her Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) degree at Stellenbosch University and her articles at Deloitte in Cape Town, she subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Her keen interest in personal finance and the private clients' arena led her to join international family office firm, Stonehage Fleming, as a client relationship manager in their Cape Town office in 2014. Wanting a sound academic understanding of financial planning, Monique completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of Stellenbosch's Business School in 2015, graduating top of her class. Thereafter, she passed the FPI's board exam with flying colours. This exam brings students one step closer to achieving the coveted CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation. In 2017 Monique registered as a CFP® professional and is a member of the FPI.

"During my PGD Financial Planning studies I became intrigued by the pervasive impact of tax considerations on every aspect of both personal and corporate financial planning."

Committed to ongoing studies within the financial planning profession, it comes as no surprise that Monique chose to specialise in international tax law. She was admitted to the internationally acclaimed International Tax Center Leiden, part of Leiden Law School, following an extremely competitive admissions process. Students are selected on the basis of overall merit, but in order to qualify for admission, students are required to hold a law degree or degree in economics or business administration including at least one substantive tax course, demonstrate a sufficiently high academic performance, demonstrate previous excellence in tax practice or excellence in participation in tax courses and have proven English language proficiency. Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands, having been founded in 1575. The fact that she was also awarded a scholarship, is testament to her dedication to academic excellence. Monique is the only student from Africa in a class of 60.

"During my PGD Financial Planning studies I became intrigued by the pervasive impact of tax considerations on every aspect of both personal and corporate financial planning. It was in realising that in today's globalised world, this impact extends beyond domestic tax laws to international tax considerations that led me to pursue further studies in international tax law. It has been very stimulating and enlightening to have students representing over 20 different nationalities in my LLM class."

Monique has a passion for travelling and a love for the performing arts. Prior to commencing her studies in the Netherlands in August this year, she walked the 800km historical pilgrim route, the Camino Francés, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain over a period of 39 days. "My Camino experience taught me lessons that can't be found in the pages of a textbook," says Monique of her experience.

"USB is incredibly proud of Monique Malan, equally as an alumnus of the Posatgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, as​ well as an ambassador of Stellenbosch University. Monique is keen to give back to academia and serves on our programme's advisory committee. She is a prime example of what can be achieved when passion, excellence and hard work are combined. I look forward to many more achievements from our Financial Planning alumni."

​*This article was written by Lee-Ann Steenkamp, programme head of the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning.